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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Great choice for a bookclub

Very insightful story of occurances happening in America's south only fifty years ago. Three women join forces to try and change their town's, and possibly their country's, attitudes to treatment of black maids (The 'help'). Skeeter, a rich white girl and two maids, Aibileen and Minnie conspire to write a book about treatment of the help. There are some great themes to debate at your next bookclub. Respect, morality, class, domestic voilence, social welfare. Recommended.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Slow, Pointless
Self indulgent

The Sense of an Ending is great for book clubs, but don't bother if you're looking for something for enjoyment. It's a self indulgent reflection of one man's life, who may or may not be remembering the truth. There are a few scenarios that can be discussed in a book club and ideas to throw around, so, yes, very good for discussion and theories.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Insightful
Bogged down in the begining

I Am Malala is the inspiring story of one girl's right to an education and her strength after her horrific attack. The first two thirds of the book are obviously written by her co-author. It is bogged down in the political, environmental and historical descriptions of Malala's country and hometown in the thirteen years before she was shot. Malala's story could have been much better edited. By the time we get to her shooting, it is almost a relief. Her recovery and stance after her shooting is astounding. Her parents are amazingly supportive, especially her father, who should be a parental role model to Muslim men. She expresses regret at not being able to live back in her home town but realises she now must fight for oppressed girls worldwide. For such a young girl to have such intellect is incredible.

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